University of Bridgeport and Gov. Malloy to break ground on the new Ernest C. Trefz School of Business on November 20

Gov. Dannel Malloy will join Trustee Ernest Trefz of the University of Bridgeport (UB) in breaking ground on the newly renamed Trefz School of Business at 9 a.m., November 20.

Mr. Trefz has been a trustee of the University since 1980 and a constant presence as an advisor, philanthropist, and supporter. His gift is a tribute to his parents and family who gave him the skills he needed to become an entrepreneur and business leader, he said.

Gov. Malloy, UB President Neil A. Salonen, UB Trustee Frank Zullo, School of Business Dean Lloyd Gibson, and Mr. Trefz will deliver remarks at the school, 230 Park Avenue, before gathering for a reception at the President’s Office at Wahlstrom Library.

“This naming gift from Trustee Trefz will transform the School of Business, and in particular, strengthen its focus on Entrepreneurship,” President Salonen said. “We are grateful to Ernie’s generosity and steadfast loyalty to UB.”

The University is in the midst of a multi-year, multi-million dollar capital campaign to enhance its main Bridgeport campus. Since 2007, it has raised nearly $50 million from bonds, grants, and private donors to complete dozens of projects.
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